It’s November 1, and that means–yup! NaNoWriMo is upon us. We’ve posted here before about various tools that can help you in your mad writing binge–see below–but this year, we wanted to share a techie tip for distraction-free writing that’s easy and free. Did you know that Google Docs can provide a clean, tool-and-menu-free writing environment? That’s right–nothing to buy, download, or install. Power Tips for Google Docs tells you how:
National Novel Writing Month kicks off today. The annual event in which participants pledge to write a novel during the month of November features a Young Writers Program. Resources include a classroom kit, a teacher’s forum, and pep talks.
“We dare you to make your villain write an apology letter to your main character,” is among the challenges set forth by the “Dare Machine,” a fun set of writing prompts. Participants register on the site to set and maintain a word count goal and then, write like the wind.
‘Literacies’ presents a contemporary approach to literacy learning and teaching, developing and extending ‘Multiliteracies’ theory and practice. This site presents supporting material for the book by Mary Kalantzis & Bill Cope, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. The website supplements traditional ideas of literacy in the singular—learning to read and write—by expanding the area of focus to cover ‘literacies’ in the plural.
This lesson plan is designed to be used with the 1969 documentary, Johnny Cash: The Man, His World, His Music, which shows a collection of scenes from Cash's life and a number of concert performances. Since Cash's songs frequently reflected his life experiences, classrooms can use his music to inspire personal narratives.
"Summary: Every day, more and more people are using well-known social media sites. How can these popular resources be used for good in the classroom? National Writing Project teachers share how they've used Twitter in their classrooms as a means of teaching writing."
“Writing today,” say the authors of Because Digital Writing Matters, “is pervasively and generally digital; composed with digital tools; created out of word, image, sound, and motion; circulated in digital environments; and consumed across a wide range of digital platforms.” Many teachers are wondering, however, whether digital writing can align with the ELA strand of the Common Core State Standards, now adopted by 45 states and DC.
"Like any classroom activity, however, workshops can grow stale if they always follow the same form. Throughout a given semester, then, I vary the format of our workshops to focus on certain skills or elements of writing.One of my favorite workshop formats is “introductions speed dating.” As the title should indicate, this workshop focuses on students’ introductions, helping them think about how their initial paragraph(s) draw readers into their arguments—or fail to do so."
Engaging Educators is hosting our first-ever FREE webinar on November 17 at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time! The webinar will last an hour and the topic will be “Personalized PD with Google Reader and Diigo.” We’ll be exploring how you can use Google Reader and the power of RSS to have amazing and inspiring content delivered straight to you. Then we’ll teach you how to organize that content using the social bookmarking site Diigo.
This lesson looks at the passion behind self--published magazines, how creative writing can impact a community and give voice to something that you feel strongly about. Students will work on creating their own publication through brain--storming, research and basic supplies.
The NWP Digital Is website is a collection of ideas, reflections, and stories about what it means to teach writing in our digital, interconnected world. Read, discuss, and share ideas about teaching writing today.